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Screen Australia is the Australian Federal Government's key funding body for the Australian screen production industry. Its functions are to support and promote the development of a highly creative, innovative and commercially sustainable industry.

Screen Australia
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Agency overview
Formed2008 (2008)

It was created under the Screen Australia Act 2008, and from 1 July 2008 took over the functions and appropriations of its predecessor agencies the Australian Film Commission (AFC), the Film Finance Corporation Australia (FFC) and Film Australia Limited.[2]

Across its various departments, Screen Australia supports the development, production, promotion and distribution of Australian screen content.

Activities include:

  • Production of a range of content including features, documentaries, television drama and children's programs
  • The growth of screen businesses
  • Marketing and screen culture initiatives with Australian content
  • Developing scripts and proposals
  • Online content
  • Indigenous talent and distinctive stories
  • Administering the Government's Producer Offset and International Co-production Program to increase the commercial sustainability of production in Australia
  • Providing data and research to the industry and government
  • Promoting access to the archive of Australian documentary screen content.

Screen Australia's funding was cut in both the 2014 and 2015 federal budgets, by AU$38 million in 2014 and by AU$3.6 million over four years beginning from 2015.[3]

Screen Australia was forced to write off a $670,000 investment in SBS documentary Once Upon a Time in Carlton when the broadcaster declined to air or release the production, becoming the first time that a Screen Australia investment was not realised.[4]

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  1. ^ APS Statistical Bulletin 2015-2016 (Report). Australian Public Service Commission. September 2016.
  2. ^ Pirrie, Ian (9 November 2009). "Screen Australia: Promoting the Australian Film Industry". The FM Studio. Archived from the original on 13 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  3. ^ White, Dominic (13 May 2015). "Producers baulk at 2015 federal budget Screen Australia cuts". Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  4. ^ Knox, David (7 June 2019). "7 year saga: SBS abandons Carlton documentary". TV Tonight.

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